Project Peanut Butter — Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food Standards

Project Peanut Butter
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To support advocacy to improve standards for Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Foods.

Open Philanthropy recommended two grants totaling $190,900 to Project Peanut Butter (PPB) to support their work advocating for including DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, in UNICEF’s recommended standard for Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF).

This follows our July 2019 support for PPB’s randomized controlled trial studying whether adding omega-3 fatty acids to RUTF benefits childrens’ cognitive development, which found that including DHA led to improved results in a cognitive assessment. PPB estimates that updating UNICEF’s RUTF formulation could benefit over 4 million children per year.

This falls within Open Philanthropy’s focus area of scientific research, specifically within its interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.

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